Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ – Music Monday #9

Welcome to the 9th post in my Music Monday series! If you’ve missed any of the other posts in this series or you just want to know more about this series then please click here!

I’m so excited about today’s album, and I may have sort of cheated with this post a little because this isn’t an album I’ve picked at random from my box, it’s an album I purchased last week and I’m so happy to finally have a copy of it that I wanted to write about it now! But be fair, I’ve got over 400 albums in my collection and I seem to be buying more on a weekly basis at the moment so it could take a while for this to get randomly picked!

Anyway, the album I’m referring to is The Freewheelin’ by Bob Dylan!

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This is my absolute favourite Bob Dylan album, it’s his second studio album and where his first which was simply titled ‘Bob Dylan’ only contained 2 original songs where 11 of the 13 songs on The Freewheelin’ are his own.

The album was released on May 27th 1963 it reached number 22 in the American charts and was a number one hit in the UK charts. What’s wrong with you America?!

A lot of Bob Dylan’s lyrics on this album were inspired by what was going on in the world at the time in particular things like civil rights movements and fear of nuclear warfare.

I admire Bob Dylan for his ability to write amazing songs because not only are they about important subjects but he does it in a way that’s so brilliant that the song and the music aren’t over powered by the underlying message but the message is still delivered perfectly.

There’s a funny and somewhat scary story surrounding this album, his debut album ‘Bob Dylan’ did terribly in its first year, it sold 5000 copies and barely managed to break even so people from Columbia Records wanted to drop him from the label but John Hammond who was the man who signed Bob Dylan to Columbia was determined that Dylan’s second album would be a success and made sure the label kept him.

Can you imagine if he’d been dropped? If the world never got to hear this album?! It doesn’t bare thinking about…

That being said let’s take a look at the track list!

Side One:

  • Blowin’ In The Wind
  • Girl From The North Country
  • Masters Of War
  • Down The Highway
  • Bob Dylan’s Blues
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Side Two:

  • Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
  • Bob Dylan’s Dream
  • Oxford Town
  • Talking World War III Blues
  • Corrina Corrina
  • Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance
  • I Shall Be Free

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The two covers are Corrina Corrina which was originally recorded by Bo Carter in 1928 and I Shall Be Free which is a rewrite of the sing We Shall Be Free which was originally recorded by Lead Belly, I can’t find an actual date for when Lead Belly originally recorded it but he was active between 1903 – 1949 so it was somewhere between then!

My favourite tracks from this album are Blowin’ In The Wind, Girl From The North Country, Bob Dylan’s Blues, Bob Dylan’s Dream, Talking World War III Blues.

They’re all beautiful songs for their own special reasons but those songs stand out for me the most.

Have you heard this album? Which are your favourite songs from it? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @MissCharlotteEm!

If you liked this post then please feel free to tell your friends and family and don’t forget to come back next Monday to see which album I’ll be talking about next!

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte xo